Our Mission

Empower, support, and nurture OSU students and alumni in their exploration and pursuit of lifelong career success and meaningful employment in a diverse world. 

Goals
  • Educate students, alumni, and the OSU campus communities on the lifelong nature of career development, the process of gaining occupational self-awareness, and developing skills and strategies for identifying and securing meaningful employment.
  • Empower students to engage in experiential opportunities, employment, and networking that will help them reach their professional goals, and challenge them to become global and productive citizens.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with alumni, employers, the OSU campuses, and global communities in order to support and provide professionally significant opportunities for OSU students and alumni.
Assessment

Building Bridges - The "Building Bridges" event was revised to cultivate partnerships with CAMP, EOP and ISS and better serve the needs of their students. We collectively agreed that a customized or individualized approach would be more effective than a single large group event for both students and employers. After assessing their needs, we realized that first year CAMP, EOP and Graduate International students have different career development needs and goals. As a result we re-evaluated and decided to focus on delivering customized services. Here are some examples of services provided to address the unique needs of these groups: 

  • Served as consultants to facilitate more appropriate career development programming:
    • Provided information about Dining Etiquette training available to CAMP students with a campus expert.
    • Provided education to employers about the benefits of hiring international students and what they should know about hiring international students.
    • Educated and encouraged employers to be more inclusive to international students by posting internships on Beaver JobNet.
  • Increased outreach efforts to promote career development to culturally diverse groups and centers on campus.
  • Provided Career Exploration presentation to 1st year CAMP students in mandatory class Spring Term.
  • Conducted mock interviews and presented workshops on resume development, career exploration, and cultural competency workshops to INTO students. 
  • Delivered customized workshop for the Cross-Cultural Mentoring Program on cultural competency and career development to mentors and mentees, which includes faculty, staff and domestic minority and international students.
  • Informed and established on-going communication about upcoming Career Development workshops and events to EOP 
Program Highlights
  • INTO Program: Conducted mock interviews and presented workshops on resume development, career exploration, and cultural competency workshops to INTO students to enhance career development.
  • Cross-Cultural Mentoring Program: Delivered customized workshop on cultural competency and career development to mentors and mentees, representing faculty, staff and domestic minority and international students. 
  • Nonprofit and Volunteering Expo: Boasted an increase to 60 (up 10%) and employer participants and 325 (up 7%) student visitors. 
  • Experiential Learning: 50% of graduating senior respondents in the OSU Senior Survey engaged in experiential learning (internships) while completing their education at OSU. 
Accomplishments
  • Outreach Presentations: In 2011-2012, 119 presentations serving 3,349 students were delivered.
  • Social Media: 1,328 Facebook fans where we post career related articles, jobs/internships, highlight opportunities on campus and the community to get involved, and do contests where fans can win gift certificates to eateries on campus by engaging on our page. We introduced and presented a new workshop three times this year with 34 students attending and 2 employers presenting: "Using Social Media to Get a Job" which was well received and requested by many instructors due to the explosion of social media and new ways to use this tool. Counselors and advisors also are using LinkedIn and teaching students how to use it as part of the job search and to network and make connections. 

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